Cleveland Browns' Josh Gordon Poised for Breakout Year in Fantasy Football 2013

By Zach Slotter
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The Cleveland Browns found a hidden gem when they drafted Josh Gordon out of the NFL‘s Supplemental Draft. He showed flashes in his rookie season, especially in his ability to hook up with quarterback Brandon Weeden on the deep ball. Gordon had 50 catches for 805 yards, an average of 16.1 yards per catch.

But Gordon has only scratched the surface, and if he stays out of trouble, he is poised for a breakout year for Fantasy owners in 2013.

Gordon will be suspended for the first two games of the 2013 season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. This is a blow to the Browns but could be seen as a blessing in disguise for Fantasy owners. His average draft position sits currently at 98 and many people are passing on him because they don’t want to stash him on the bench for the first two weeks of the season.

But the truth is if you are able to steal Gordon in one of the late rounds, he is a must get. He is potentially falling as low as the 10th round in standard leagues and he could be a top 20-30 receiver in 2013. It’s rare to get that kind of value that late in a draft but you will get the opportunity with Gordon.

He has developed an excellent rapport with Weeden and he is a legitimate deep threat; a poor man’s Mike Wallace, if you will. Even with missing two games, Gordon has a very good chance to eclipse 1,000 yards receiving this season. He is the sleeper that will make you the envy of your friends as you dominate your Fantasy league, so snatch him up while you can.

Zach Slotter is a contributor for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @zslot6, Like his Facebook page or add him on Google.


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